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09-12-2007 05:56 AM  10 years agoPost 1
Kevin H.

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I am thinking about buying a new radio. which one do you think is better. The 12z or the JR X9303 ?

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09-12-2007 06:41 AM  10 years agoPost 2
jsenicka

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If I were buying today, I would go with a 12FG on 2.4g. Just because I have been a Futaba guy forever. That said, the x9303 is a very nice setup.
I love the whole concept of 8 flight conditions per model that came with the 9Z, and the 12FG keeps this and makes programming easier.

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09-12-2007 07:17 AM  10 years agoPost 3
Al Austria

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X9303, no goofy antenna/module. The FG does, however, look like a really nice radio.

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09-12-2007 08:02 AM  10 years agoPost 4
Kevin H.

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Functionality

Both are great radio's. I just think the Futaba has a slight edge. The computer is windows based and dual processors. this will not make you a better pilot but today you would'nt buy a computer with out one. 2.4 is a great feature to have at any flying site but to be able to switch any freq you want to on the fly is just as nice on 72 megahertz. Jagged Edge

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09-12-2007 08:06 AM  10 years agoPost 5
Nick Jones

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The Futaba 12FGH is off the walls better than 9303 IMHO I am in love with the thing...

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09-12-2007 08:12 AM  10 years agoPost 6
Kevin H.

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I know futaba makes a great radio nick. but is your 12FG as exapandable as the 12Z. The programming is totally diferent ?

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09-12-2007 08:15 AM  10 years agoPost 7
Nick Jones

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it doesnt have a mixture servo capability is the only difference I believe... And it has a plastic case instead of metal and uses a smaller tx battery.

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09-12-2007 08:15 AM  10 years agoPost 8
Kevin H.

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By the way Nick, hope you can come to Sacramento this year for our Octoberfy 5,6,7,. Jason Krause and Erich stolz are scheduled to attend. Jagged Edge

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09-12-2007 08:18 AM  10 years agoPost 9
Nick Jones

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Oh yea I am going, did i meet you last year. You can check out my 12FGH if you want also...

Here are the differences

http://www.runryder.com/helicopter/...hlight=12z+12fg

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09-12-2007 03:46 PM  10 years agoPost 10
Kevin H.

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I look forward to checking it out Nick I will be at the registration booth. bring your radio by. Jagged Edge

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09-12-2007 05:46 PM  10 years agoPost 11
switch26

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hey Kevin,is good to know youre still flying Bro,if i wer you,i'd get the 12FG 2.4 GHZ,but if you cant afford it,the X9303 is also very nice,i have the 12Z and im not going to change it for a long time,but i would get the 12 FGH 2.4 if i could,

simply because im so used to the programing,Yo Nick you mat Kavin last Year Bro,hes The real cool Dude that takes care of the impound booth Black guy with a great sense of humor hey Kevin would i get to fly for free this year man?the octoverfly is right on my Bday Bro,

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09-12-2007 09:01 PM  10 years agoPost 12
joeycoates

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I vote 12FG, unless you REALLY get into some technical stuff it will be the last radio you need for the forseeable future. I fly with several guys who use JR, and several who use Futaba. A lot of the guys who use JR really think that the Futaba programming and operations are much simpler and more intuitive then the JR programming. I have used both and now have a 14mz as I got a steal of a deal on it, but had I not run across the deal I got then I would have bought a 12FG.

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09-13-2007 12:51 AM  10 years agoPost 13
Kevin H.

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Switch good to hear from you again. The fun fly is upon us already, Yes since your birthday is on the weekend of the event we will cut you a deal. Just look for me at the registration booth. Thanks for the advice about the radio. Jagged Edge.

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09-13-2007 01:17 AM  10 years agoPost 14
Rockohaulic

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So those of us with birthday's that weekend get a deal on registration???

Cool!

Saturday morning I flew my helicopter in my pajamas
How it got in my pajamas I'll never know

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09-13-2007 01:27 AM  10 years agoPost 15
Nick Jones

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simply because im so used to the programing,Yo Nick you mat Kavin last Year Bro,hes The real cool Dude that takes care of the impound booth Black guy with a great sense of humor hey Kevin would i get to fly for free this year man?the octoverfly is right on my Bday Bro
Oh i remember! sick dude see you guys this year. I got some new tricks I have been working on...

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09-14-2007 09:06 AM  10 years agoPost 16
DDwaneR

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Hmm Ok, Ya Might Not like this post.

Lets See the 12Z is like 1400 dollars and the JR is 625 or so. As long as 9 channels will do the job there is a lot of difference in BANG for the BUCK, both will probably fly anything most want to fly!
Here's the part you might not like to hear... I've been flying with Futaba and JR txmitters since back in the 80's, long before the narrow band times in the US. Of all the Futaba transmitters I have bought NEW (SEVERAL), I still have a 6 channel Skysport Heli transmitter that works fine, ALL of the other transmitters are BAD, BROKE! The last Futaba transmitter I bought was a 7CHP which I special ordered from a hobby store. The first one came in broke with a bad battery voltage monitor and the replacement ran 2 months past the warranty period when the ROTAT'E wheel started skipping BAD! I still use my JR Unlimited 8 almost every day and it works fine. I sold my Century 7, 2 years ago with a heli and it still worked fine. I just DON'T get good equipment from Futaba and its always priced "High as a cats back!". I get a LOT better equipment from JR for less money and it seems to last "FOR ME"!

Just as a special note!
With Futaba, its hard to find a square buddy plug or a round one and what pins do what. With JR it just a mini plug and their a common item at the Shack, center is signal!

I guess if money is no object then it may be a toss up for which one YOU like best. I watch my pennies so price and features DO make a difference. I've been in the hobby long enough for hardware longevity to make me biased! I will be replacing my 7CHP soon I hope, it WON'T be with FUTABA equipment!

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09-14-2007 10:54 AM  10 years agoPost 17
mjsb

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I've have had a Futaba 6NHP heli radio for aprox 15 years and it still works like new. Last years I have treated it like sh#t to see if it broke so I could buy a new one, but the damn thing just doesn't quit.

Last year I just surrender and bought a 9C which is also very good quality.

Have no experience with JR, but just as a reply for the last post.

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09-14-2007 12:00 PM  10 years agoPost 18
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It might be just thumbs, but why do the top 3 in World Champ fly JR and 2 flew the 2.4 9303. If it is good enough for them, its good enough for me. With the gyros and governors nowadays. Who need all the features of the top radio. I would put the money in better servos and gyros.

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09-14-2007 01:40 PM  10 years agoPost 19
DS 8717

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Last year I just surrender and bought a 9C which is also very good quality
The only problem is it's dogass slow.

http://www.runryder.com/helicopter/...4/?p=2950166#RR

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09-14-2007 02:56 PM  10 years agoPost 20
mjsb

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The only problem is it's dogass slow.
Thanks for the link. You may have a point if you talk about high-performance flying.

Since in my case my brain-to-thumb rate is even slower I guess I have not noticed that before.

I am using a PCM R146iP receiver so no complains.

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